Free Agency 2012: Philadelphia Flyers Sign Michael Leighton To 1-Year Deal

In their first move during the free agency period, the Philadelphia Flyers brought back a familiar face to fill their backup goaltender position, signing Michael Leighton to a 1-year, $900k contract. Leighton replaces Sergei Bobrovsky, who was traded from the Flyers to the Columbus Blue Jackets on June 22 in return for three draft picks.

Leighton’s first stint with Philadelphia came after the team claimed him in 2007, after he was placed on waivers by the Nashville Predators. He allowed 12 goals in just four starts that season, and was placed on waivers once again.

In December of 2009, the Flyers claimed Leighton to back up Brian Boucher while Ray Emery was recovering from an injury. Less than a week after re-joining the team, Leighton became the starter when Boucher was also injured.

Leighton was an integral part of the Flyers’ Stanley Cup run in 2010, posting three shutouts in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Montreal Canadiens. Unfortunately, he struggled in the Finals against the Chicago Blackhawks, posting a GAA of 3.96 and a save percentage of 0.876 in six games.

The team re-signed Leighton to a two-year deal in June of 2010. An injury in October set him back about twelve weeks, and he made his season debut in late December, earning the win against the Los Angeles Kings despite allowing four goals.

Leighton spent this past season with the Adirondack Phantoms, making 56 starts and earning a 28-26 record with two shutouts.


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